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Making the Tooth Fairy’s Job Easier One Pillow at a Time

I had a special pillow with a pocket to hold my lost baby teeth when I was little, so when Finn lost his first tooth, I made him one, too.

I didn’t realize just how much easier it made it for the Tooth Fairy until my nephew lost his first tooth. The story my brother told of how difficult it was for the Tooth Fairy to retrieve a tooth that was actually under the pillow my nephew was sleeping on was so amusing that I almost didn’t want to make pillows for my niece and nephew. I finally decided to have mercy on the Tooth Fairy and make pillows for them. I also made one for Beckett, because his teeth should start falling out soon and I certainly don’t want our local Tooth Fairy to have to go through all that.

I thought about making some to list in my Etsy shop. There is so much to customize, though, that I’ve decided it would be easier to take orders for them here. If you are interested and would like more information, contact me through the form at the right or at

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Time to kill

With toddlers, you have to give yourself extra time to get even the simplest things accomplished. The flip side, though, is that too much extra time can be even worse.

For example: Today Beckett had his eighteen month checkup at 11 am. In order for me to have the car, we all needed to be ready to leave the house by 7:30 am. Beckett woke up at 5:30 am. (Too much extra time!)

After getting everyone dropped off, I decided to go home and get the things we needed for the doctor’s appointment and pick up our ancient modem to switch out with a new one from our cable company so we wouldn’t have to do it in evening traffic. The cable office isn’t exactly close or on the way to the doctor’s office, traffic is still iffy with construction, and I figured it might not be an in-and-out thing, so we left close to 9 am. It only took about fifteen minutes to get there and about two minutes to switch the modems.

We spent another five minutes going up and down a set of three steps in front of the cable office while I debated going back home or heading in the direction of the doctor’s office. I chose the doctor’s office.

There is a library with a great children’s section near the doctor’s office, which is good because by the time we made it there it wasn’t even 10 am. We hung out at the library for as long as I could keep Beckett children’s library quiet and leave the library with the majority of books not on the floor.

We ended up at the doctor’s office at 10:25 am. Not too bad at first glance, especially since they are usually great about getting us in on time. The waiting room was fairly empty, so I thought they might even get us in a little early.

We were finally called back at 11:30. The doctor saw us at noon, and the nurse gave him his vaccines at 12:15. Then, because some vaccines were new to him, we got to hang out in the waiting room for another fifteen minutes to watch for reactions.

The upsides are that it could have been waaaaay worse in the behavior department, and that having a young toddler awake for seven hours straight and then get vaccinated pretty much guarantees a good nap. I won’t be getting much done during naptime, though. I’m about exhausted from toddler juggling (does it count as juggling if there’s only one?), and I would be surprised if Beckett isn’t Mr. Crankypants in need of mommy cuddles for the rest of the evening.


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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 16

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I think Beckett decided to help out around the house more now that he’s a big one year old. Yesterday he dumped out all the cloth wipes to find the perfect one to wipe the floor with. He also decided to help me clean out the fridge. Fun times.

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Something akin to the plague seems to be going around. Chris and Finn had it a few weeks ago, I had it last weekend and poor B was feverishly tossing and turning and coughing most of last night.

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Some mornings require coffee before you can think clearly enough to make a cup of coffee. Luckily Chris was sweet enough to make a pot before we left for drop-offs this morning.

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I just realized that between the Valentine’s for the kids, birthday cake and sick baby we completely forgot to have Beckett open his birthday presents. #TotalMomFail

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Due to the plague, I decided to be lazy and just pick up a little cake from Kroger. I found one that met my birthday cake requirements of being a white cake with buttercream frosting. Hmmm, does that look like white cake to you….
Shares his mommy’s feelings on chocolate birthday cake.
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Gratuitous baby picture.

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Have a great weekend and go get some half-priced chocolates. I’ll take them if you don’t need them. 😉

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Beckett’s nap schedule is changing, so my blog posting is having to adjust. I should also mention that Beckett did not listen when I told him to wait until he’s at least one to start walking. He has been toddling around the house for about a week now.

On a not unrelated note, I have been working to declutter and deep clean the entire house. Which is totally fun and not at all hard with the help of a curious, daredevil toddler.

So please forgive the sparsity of my posting. Things will settle and I’ll return on a semi-regular basis. I hope.

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Early morning

Beckett woke me up at 5:30 this morning by crawling over and laying across my back. I’m assuming it has something to do with teething, because my other likely options for a wakeful, cranky baby are 1) about to come down with the flu or 2) about to come down with strep throat.

I tried to get him back to sleep for a little longer, but it didn’t work. Instead I used the extra time to cook breakfast instead of something cold or having Finn eat at school. Since the weather was nice we walked, freeing up more time usually spent in the car. We even had time to play at the park.